ZF Inaugurates First Production Site for Electric Drives; Volume Production for S-Class Hybrid in 4Q 2008
|A ZF DynaStart hybrid drive module.|
ZF has officially inaugurated the first location for the production of its DynaStart hybrid drive modules in Schweinfurt, Germany. During the fourth quarter of 2008, ZF will launch volume production to supply the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The modules will also be built for other cars, buses and delivery vehicles.
The DynaStart modules will be built by ZF Sachs—the Powertrain and Suspension Components Division of ZF. Currently, there are eight volume production projects under development for four vehicle manufacturers, with production launches scheduled between 2008 and 2012. Currently, ZF is launching an annual production volume of 35,000 units. Eventually, production could reach up to 200,000 units per year, with a staff of 50.
We are convinced that hybrid technology will gain ground in the years to come because it not only protects the environment but also pays off for the motorists.—ZF CEO Hans-Georg Härter
In 2008 alone, ZF will invest more than $89 million in the development of hybrid technology.
DynaStart was developed specifically for the integration into the driveline and is suited for parallel hybrid drive systems in which the electric machine is integrated into the powertrain between the existing launching element and the engine, separated from the engine by another clutch.
This allows for up to 30% fuel savings and emission reductions, depending on whether the vehicle is equipped with a mild hybrid or a full hybrid system and on driving cycle. In the mild hybrid version, DynaStart allows for start/stop operation as well as recuperation.
ZF can produce hybrid modules with capacities between 10 and 100 kW and a maximum torque of 100 to 1,000 Nm.